Wednesday, May 05, 2010
I don't know if this is even a healthy way to view food but this is how I've changed.
I view food as a fuel. I try to put food into me that will help my body grow, move, be alert or stay healthy. I really try not to eat processed food and I am VERY aware of if when I do eat junk. I call it junk because that's what it is. It's cheap to make and it doesn't benefit my body in any way whatsoever.
Here's some tough love. When you are "Splurging" or "cheating" think about this. How hard are you going to have to work to reverse the damage you are doing? Wouldn't it be easier to not eat that hot dog than to have to run for 45 minutes on the treadmill to work it off? When you open that bag of chips, think about how many miles you will have to ride on the bike just to get back to where you were the moment before you opened it. It's always easier to run downhill than uphill. Put it down! Throw it away. Choose something healthier. Eat a moderate amount. These are the phrases that go into my mind when I'm faced with something that isn't good for me.
When I see people eating something like a slice of Pizza Hut pizza (or equivalent) I can't help but think of how bad it is to eat that type of fatty, processed food. I also think of all of the other types of healthy food that they could be eating and how much they would benefit from making healthier eating choices. "Eat a yummy tuna wrap with fresh veggies! Don't eat that slice of pizza...Think about all the sodium and fat that's in there...arggg "
Now don't get me wrong. I'm NOT a health food nut and I don't only ear organic foods from hippy farmers. I love a good steak every now and then and I have a beer with friends on the weekends. I am not blessed with the body of an Ironman finisher and I don't think I ever will be. What I do have is a good solid will and the wherewithall to make "Healthier" food choices.
This is some of what I've learned at SP.
Be Accountable and Aware of what you put in your mouth and make healthy choices.
Make time for exercise and drink water all day long.
Be positive and support and encourage others with their healthy lifestyles.
Spread the spark and it will always come back to you exponentially.
I hope some of you read this and use this thinking the next time you are confronted with making an unhealthy eating decision. Write me back and let me know when you made a better choice and I'll be the one to congratulate you on your achievement.
Every time you make that choice is 1 less time you'll regret it.